The Greenway wins Best Sustainable Scheme

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The Greenway, the first development in London to meet the highest standards in three key sustainability measures, has won Best Sustainable Scheme at the National Housing Awards.

The 18 properties, which were delivered in partnership with Willmott-Dixon, MEPK Architects and the London Borough of Hounslow, are ecologically aware ensuring The Greenway leads the field in providing housing to help its residents live environmentally-friendly yet cost effective lives.

Built-in features include a biomass pellet boiler with a 90% efficiency rating for underfloor heating. Using the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) from the Department of Energy and Climate Change it is estimated the average gas and electricity bill for a mid-floor flat this could be just under £500.

Our rainwater harvesting collects water from the roof to feed the WCs. The conservation tank can hold 20,000 litres and should reduce water consumption to 80 litres per day compared to the national average of 150.

Photovoltaic cells convert light directly into electricity and all residents can monitor this and the heat in their homes in real time to help them plan their usage.

An orchard of mini fruit trees and allotment space to encourage residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

All applicants had to show they understood a commitment to green living with a questionnaire on green and sustainable living. This included sending drawings of how they would plan out and use their allotments, what sustainable practices they would adopt and how green their current living was.

Phil Thompson, head of development :

“The Greenway is a very special project for Catalyst and highlights our commitment to creating environmentally friendly homes. At each stage of the development we have tried to find the most eco friendly route, which wasn’t always the most economic, such as choosing to use the suck and blow technique to clean the petrol soaked soil and our selection process for eco minded residents.  Winning this award is fantastic recognition of this work.”

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, praised The Greenway when it opened in December 2012 as a “fantastic project which combines the highest environmental standards with truly innovative design. With decent sized, energy efficient homes, The Greenway boasts precisely the qualities I want to see in housing developments right across the capital.”